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HSM-74 Swamp Foxes

HSM-74 Swamp Foxes

HSM-74 deploys people and helicopters to all corners of the globe in support of a Carrier Air Wing. As part of Carrier Air Wing Three, HSM-74 deploys aboard aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and frigates. 

Its primary mission areas are Subsurface Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (SUW). The MH-60R and its combat crew is equipped, trained and ready to detect and engage enemy submarines with the MK-46 or MK-50 torpedo or to classify and neutralize enemy surface combatants using its multiple onboard sensors and AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles. Aircrewmen stand alert with the M240 and GAU-16 crew-served machine guns, and are fully qualified rescue swimmers, ready to conduct Search and Rescue and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) on a moment’s notice. 

In recent years the Swamp Foxes flew hundreds of flight hours in support of the relief effort after Hurricane Katrina rescuing dozens of personnel, and more recently the earthquake in Haiti, delivering food, water and supplies to the region. HSM-74 has always been and will continue to be “Tip of the Spear.” 

Its aircraft have flown in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the War on Terror, tracked and seized drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific, conducted Search and Rescue on land and sea, and provided humanitarian relief after Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. 

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